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In the middle of the night, hidden beneath the covers, I start laughing at the idea of anyone else finding out what I'm Googling. No, I'm not funding the dark web, I'm not streaming illegal stuff of any kind, I'm not even shopping for kittens; I'm soothing my troubled insomniac brow on frenchclick.co.uk, gazing at things formerly only purchasable in French supermarkets, now brought all the way across the Channel to my London front door – with no delivery charge on orders of more than £35. (More than £35? Pah. I can spend over £35 on biscuits alone in a French supermarket.)

The Big Six: Mallorcan retreats

Ivy-clad exteriors, private paths and mountain-facing rooms

Travel agenda

From European Grand Tour box sets to New York Restaurant Week

Spot the difference: the huge new British Airways Airbus A380 Superjumbo next to an Airbus A320, having arrived on its delivery flight at London Heathrow

British Airways takes first UK delivery of Airbus A380 double-decker superjumbo

The delivery follows that last week of two Boeing Dreamliner aircraft as part of a £10bn British Airway's plan to upgrade its long-haul fleet

Isaac McHale: The chef of The Clove Club on racing crabs and eating testicles

My earliest food memory Racing large brown crabs across the kitchen floor with my dad. We'd buy them from our local fishmonger, MacCallums of Troon, in Glasgow. And the winning crab would get cooked first – and made into a Singapore chilli crab dish. Afterwards, my dad and I would take the inner claws from them, clean them and use them as devil horns come Halloween.

Food miles: Asia takes its proper place in the world of refined dining

The launch of Restaurant magazine's Asia's 50 Best Restaurant awards in Singapore earlier this year has drawn attention to the variety of dining opportunities on the continent.

Postcard from... Brussels

When neighbouring countries are both hailed for their gastronomic prowess, it’s only natural that there is a bit of healthy competition.

Rock solid: Namur’s ancient citadel still dominates the streets below

Namur: Adventures in Europe's historic heart

Henry Palmer on a stylish city that bears the scars of war with dignity

Fount of power: Place Charles II in the centre of Charleroi dates to 1666 and was used for military parades

Charleroi: Phoenix from the flames

This former industrial base is on the rise again, says Harriet O'Brien

Foreign field: the war cemetry at St Symphorien

Mons: Relics and remembrance

Mons combines modern vitality with nods to its sombre past. By Emily Reynolds

IF supporters in Hyde Park yesterday

Let's not kid ourselves - people power has almost nothing to do with this fight against global hunger

If you're looking for heroes, the best place to start is in the Lancet

Shake Shack: Coming next to Britain’s burgeoning burger market

The new kids on the burger block are... American

Two US chains are hoping to take a big bite out of Britain's £2.8bn posh-beef-in-a-bun market

El Celler de Can Roca in Girona is Galetti's favourite restaurant

My life in food: Monica Galetti

'A fresh seafood platter is the perfect dish for when the sun is shining'

Deals of the week - Brussels, Lyon, Hong Kong/Beijing

Less than £200... See the sights of Belgium's capital this summer. Cresta Holidays has three nights' B&B accommodation in Brussels for £169pp, staying at the Ibis Centre Ste Catherine Hotel with Eurostar travel from St Pancras on 29 July included. Crestaholidays.co.uk

Tony Singh at his new restaurant, Tony's Table

Move over Nigella, here's Proper Pub Food and The Incredible Spice Men, the BBC’s next wave of TV cookery shows

We’re tiring of Masterchef in all its incarnations, aren’t we? We’re exhausted by Gordon Ramsay shouting at Yanks in Kitchen Nightmares; we’ve been charmed by Lorraine Pascal’s brownies and Levi Roots’s chilli sauce and Mary Berry’s tarts and Paul Hollywood’s kneading skills – but don’t you wish someone had the courage to say: “That’s enough cookery shows for now, thanks!” What culinary niche can possibly still be unexplored? Which gastro-territory remains uncharted? Don’t ask. The BBC always has an answer – or, two.

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